MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Torii Hunter walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run and lifting the Minnesota Twins over the struggling Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
The Twins handed the White Sox their fourth straight loss and moved past Chicago into third place in the AL Central after rallying from a 6-1 deficit after 2 1/2 innings against starter Jon Garland.
Facing Mike MacDougal (1-2) in the ninth, Jason Tyner drew a one-out walk and moved to second when Nick Punto hit a chopper to Paul Konerko for a possible double play. Konerko's throw appeared to graze Tyner before hitting shortstop Alex Cintron in the right knee for an error on the first baseman.
Cintron fielded Michael Cuddyer's grounder deep in the hole, but his throw to second was not in time to force Punto. Boone Logan came in, and Justin Morneau popped out behind the plate on the first pitch.
David Aardsma was summoned from the bullpen to face Hunter, who walked on four pitches to end the game.
Joe Nathan (2-1) entered in the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
Athletics 6, Rangers 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Dan Haren won his sixth straight decision and Dan Johnson drove in three runs for Oakland.
Haren (6-2) lowered his ERA to an AL-leading 1.64. He gave up four hits in eight innings and kept Sammy Sosa in check, too.
Sosa went 0-for-4 and remained two home runs from becoming the fifth player to reach the 600 mark.
Texas called up John Koronka (0-2) from Triple-A Oklahoma to make the start - the second straight game the Rangers went to the minors for their starter.
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